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Porter Cornelius Bliss Papers

Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 008

Scope and Contents

1870-1885.  The collection consist of official papers, personal correspondence and papers, notes and drafts of writings and other miscellany related to the works and interests of Porter Cornelius Bliss.  The documents fall into three categories:  papers and correspondence from 1870-1874, from 1875-1885, and personal writings and miscellany. The documents collected here relate to the latter part of Porter Cornelius Bliss' life when he was secretary to the U.S. Legation in Mexico between 1870 and 1874, one of the editors of Johnson's New Universal Cyclopedia in New York between 1874 and 1877, co-author of a book on the Russo-Turkish War in 1878, and one of the editors of the New York Herald from 1878 through 1881. At this point he returned to Mexico on a private gold-hunting expedition which ruined his health and ultimately led to his death.


  • 1870-1885


Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restriction.

Biographical or Historical Information

Porter Cornelius Bliss (1838-1885) was a linguist, journalist, historian, diplomat, and inveterate traveler throughout South America and Mexico. Accounts of his short but colorful and productive career may be found in the Dictionary of American Biography and the New York Times of January 5, 1885.

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425.00 Pieces

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Arrangement Note

2 Hollinger boxes General arrangement is the following: Box 1 (Folders 1-13) Documents from 1870-1874 Box 1 (Folders 14-19) Documents from 1875-1885 Box 2 (Folders 1-8) Writings and miscellany from 1875-1885

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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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